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        Senate Resolution 529

         112th CONGRESS

         2d Session

        S. RES. 529




        July 26, 2012

        Mr. Kerry (for himself, Mr. Chambliss, Mr. Inouye, Mr. Wyden, Mr. Akaka, and Mr. Cardin) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to




        Recognizing that the occurrence of prostate cancer in African-American men has reached epidemic proportions and urging Federal agencies to address that health crisis by supporting education, awareness outreach, and research specifically focused on how prostate cancer affects African-American men.


        Whereas the incidence of prostate cancer in African-American men is more than

                one and a half times higher than in any other racial or ethnic group in

                the United States;

        Whereas African-American men have the highest mortality rate of any ethnic and

                racial group in the United States, dying at a rate that is approximately

                two and a half times higher than other ethnic and racial groups;

        Whereas that rate of mortality represents the largest disparity of mortality

                rates in any of the major cancers;

        Whereas prostate cancer can be cured with early detection and the proper

                treatment, regardless of the ethnic or racial group of the cancer patient;

        Whereas African Americans are more likely to be diagnosed at an earlier age and

                at a later stage of cancer progression than all other ethnic and racial

                groups, leading to lower cure rates and lower chances of survival;

        Whereas, for patients diagnosed early, studies show a 5-year survival rate of

                nearly 100 percent, but the survival rate drops significantly to 28

                percent for patients diagnosed in late stages; and

        Whereas recent genomics research has increased the ability to identify men at

                high risk for aggressive prostate cancer: Now, therefore, be it

               Resolved, That the Senate--

                    (1) recognizes that prostate cancer has created a health

                crisis for African-American men;

                    (2) recognizes the importance of health coverage and access

                to care, as well as promoting informed decisionmaking between

                men and their doctors, taking into consideration the known

                risks and potential benefits of screening and treatment options

                for prostate cancer;

                    (3) urges Federal agencies to support--

                            (A) research to address and attempt to end the

                         health crisis created by prostate cancer;

                            (B) efforts relating to education, awareness, and

                        early detection at the grassroots level to end that

                        health crisis; and

                            (C) the Office of Minority Health of the Department

                        of Health and Human 福彩8app下载官网下载 in focusing on improving

                        health and healthcare outcomes for African Americans at

                        an elevated risk of prostate cancer; and

                    (4) urges investment by Federal agencies in research

                focusing on the improvement of early detection and treatment of

                prostate cancer, such as the use of--

                            (A) biomarkers to accurately distinguish indolent

                        forms of prostate cancer from lethal forms; and

                            (B) advanced imaging tools to ensure the best level

                        of individualized patient care.



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